I just finished a book that I picked up purely because I loved the cover – isn’t it the cutest?! Anyway – I thought I’d share some info in case you want to check it out yourself. Read on for a blurb, some info about the author, and my review.

“The last thing swimwear sales exec Holly Schlivnik expected was to discover ruthless buying office big wig Bunny Frank’s corpse trussed up like a Thanksgiving turkey with a bikini stuffed down her throat. When Holly’s colleague is arrested for Bunny’s murder, the wise-cracking, irreverent amateur sleuth jumps into action to find the real killer.  Nothing turns out the way Holly thinks it will as she matches wits with a wily killer hellbent on revenge. Get ready to laugh out loud as Susie Black’s Death by Sample Size takes you on a rollicking adventure ride through the Los Angeles apparel industry.”




Frankly, I chose this book because I loved the cover. I mean, it is so colorful and bright. Was so glad to find the mystery inside was just as fun! Holly is a snarky amateur sleuth who can’t quite mind her own business. She has a friend who is a medical examiner, a group of yentas that gossip over coffee, and a cop who can’t keep her out of his business. The peek into the cut-throat world of swimsuit retailing was a fun extra to the book, and was the perfect setting for more suspects than you could shake a stick at. I loved Holly’s independence and smarts. Look forward to reading more of her adventures (and I hope she and Martinez continue to share info). If you like light, snarky cozies, snatch this one up!


Named Best US Author of the Year by N. N. Lights Book Heaven, award-winning cozy mystery author Susie Black was born in the Big Apple but now calls sunny Southern California home. Like the protagonist in her Holly Swimsuit Mystery Series, Susie is a successful apparel sales executive. Susie began telling stories as soon as she learned to talk. Now she’s telling all the stories from her garment industry experiences in humorous mysteries. 

She reads, writes, and speaks Spanish, albeit with an accent that sounds like Mildred from Michigan went on a Mexican vacation and is trying to fit in with the locals. Since life without pizza and ice cream as her core food groups wouldn’t be worth living, she’s a dedicated walker to keep her girlish figure. A voracious reader, she’s also an avid stamp collector. Susie lives with a highly intelligent man and has one incredibly brainy but smart-aleck adult son who inexplicably blames his sarcasm on an inherited genetic defect. 

Looking for more? Website: www.authorsusieblack.com  

or reach her at mysteries_@authorsusieblack.com


Monday Murders: Murder by Sample Size by Susie Black

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